3-Series (E21, E30)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.
More than anything, i'd recommend using whatever you've been using. You'll find a million opinions on synthetic vs organic, or heavy weights in the winter, lighter in the summer, yada yada. At the end of the day, being consistent is the best thing you can do. Changing brands/weights/etc. from oil change to oil change is worse than using one oil versus the another. Most BMW techs will vote Castrol GTX 20-50, but I'm a mobil 1 guy and use 0-40 based on higher mileage (which using a light weight oil decreases resistance across internal components).
My buddy works at Moritz Mini/BMW/Cadillac and says that packaged BMW motor oil is made by CASTROL, so buying castrol full synthetic 5-30 is great for all seasons here in hot and cold a$$ state of texas, should be great for anywhere else, unless severe cold or elevation ail you. Hope you find peace with the amber goodness. I'm running royal purple 10w-30 full synthetic motor oil, royal purple synchromax manual gear oil, and 75w-90 full synthetic royal purple gear oil. and everything is chipper and fresh feeling again. What I imagine the vehicle should have felt like NEW. Good luck.
My parts guy at the local BMW dealership told me to use either BMW branded(debranded castrol GTX) 15W40, or Castrol GTX 15W40. Since I could not find Castrol GTX15w40, I put in Castrol GTX 10W40, and it seems to be good in my M20. But since the top end is breaking in, along with a new intermediate shaft bearing, its only gonna be in there for about 1000 miles.
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